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The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz #7)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  5,400 ratings  ·  207 reviews
A boy, a patchwork girl, and a glass cat go on a mission to find the ingredients for a charm which will transform some people turned to marble.
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Jason Koivu
The Patchwork Girl of Oz is not about the Patchwork Girl of Oz, but rather is the story of a little munchkin boy and his motley assortment of followers journeying across the land of Oz in search of items that will create a magic capable of saving the boy's beloved uncle.

However, one of those motley followers is the Patchwork Girl and she absolutely steals the show! Her goofy optimism is infectious. Perhaps some might find her to be a Jenna Elfman-sized annoyance, but for my part I thoroughly en
Let me tell you, dear readers...not all Oz books are created equal. I am deep into my mission to read all of the the Oz books (at least, all the volumes credited to Mr. Baum himself) and if anyone should try to follow suit, he or she had better do as the great Bette Davis once suggested and buckle their seat belts, 'cause guess what? It's going to be a bumpy read.

In the Patchwork Girl of Oz the miraculous Powder of Life makes another appearance as a character called the Crooked Magician (nearly
Making Oz invisible did nothing for the stories leaking out. Apparently Ozma didn't have any more control over the media than other rulers. But I liked this one. There is a plot besides Dorothy getting lost and wandering around until she manages to get to Oz, plus some new characters of reasonable weirdness.

Ojo is a young Munchkin lad, raised in isolation by a very taciturn uncle (Unc Nunkie - I wouldn't talk much either). The leave their isolated forest - food isn't plentiful and there is no on
This was the fifth of L. Frank Baum's fourteen Oz books that I have read with my son. We have not read all of the books in chronological order, though I don't think it makes much difference; though I may be wrong about this and it may account for some inconsistencies that we have noticed in the works. We were both surprised on this reading by the many contradictions and inconsistencies in Baum's writing. The last Oz book we read was Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, the fourth work in the Oz series. ...more
This is my second time through reading this one, its got a different feel than most of the other Oz books, most likely due to the main characters being brand new ones, and the old favorites like Dorothy and the Shaggy Man only coming in half way through the book. I always feel bad for the living phonograph, he seemed to only get abuse. Perhaps that's it, in this book it shows that not everything is nice in Oz. The wilderness has bad as well as good parts, there are hungry giants, and squabbling ...more
I actually really liked this book, and wanted to give it at least 4 stars, but several elements made me feel that a 3 star rating was more accurate.

First off, I really enjoyed the tale as a whole. It was still a "wandering around Oz encountering oddities" story, as most of the Oz books have been, but this time the characters were on a quest to gather objects for a spell to save Ojo's uncle (instead of the wandering being mere happenstance or because they were lost). There was a good deal more ch
Christine Blachford
It's always fun to see an author resurrect a series that they had previously finished off so neatly. After tying up all the loose ends in the last book, Baum has to concede the children love Oz too much not to hear from there again, and hey presto, another story.

I thought this one got off to a bit of a slow start, with monosyballic Unc and a mediocre journey to the wizard. However, when things go wrong and the Patchwork Girl is created, the traditional adventures start to begin - many strange ch
After Ozma of Oz L. Frank Baum decided to telegraph it in. Big time. The books became a parade of nonsensical events with little of any importance happening to the characters other than walking through curious places, with no sense of wonder or danger, and when a real threat or problem emerges, such as in The Emerald City of Oz, book 6 and the first one since Ozma to show a bit of life it gets solved lickity-split with boring magic.

You read that correctly. Baum makes magic boring.

Still, I push
Apr 27, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Recommended to Eric by: self
It was apparent in the previous Oz book of the series that Baum had gotten to a place where he no longer wanted to tell stories about the land of Oz, so he tried to end the series, but he kept getting letters requesting further stories. The result of these numerous requests is that two years after "The Emerald City of Oz" Baum created this new book. This book feels far superior to the previous work only because it appears Baum has gotten to a peaceful place with telling these fantastical stories ...more
Ottery StCatchpole
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I very much enjoyed this Oz book. At first, I was not fond of the Patchwork Girl, but once her personality bloomed, I grew to love her.

This time, Baum starts his readers with a new incredible adventure without the same monotonous motive. Baum also brought back many old characters (to my happiness, more of Jack Pumpkinhead!). There was also an incredible amount of humor and puns, a lot of it poking fun at real life, I'm sure.

I loved the Phonograph, just like the Musicker from "The Road to Oz" and
This is the second book involving Baum's Oz book series that I've read so far, so needless to say, I am reading the books out of order. Not that that matters overmuch, since the plots of each of the books tie up nicely at the end of each and aren't mentioned in the next. If anything needs to be known, it is quickly summarized and then they move on. I wish more authors would do this - it would save me a lot of headaches.

As for the characters, I liked Ojo from the start, even though he sorely nee
An improvement over Emerald City, certainly. Starts really strongly, but the ending seemed rushed. Scraps is certainly one of Baum's best characters, and reading this as an adult, it's interesting to see that Baum wasn't being sly at all about how the Scarecrow really liked the Patchwork Girl, you know, in a boy/girl kind of way :-)

The more I proceed through this project of re-reading the Oz books as a 50-year old, the more I believe that the contrivances of the Magic Picture and the Magic Belt
Cherese A. Vines
Aug 19, 2012 Cherese A. Vines rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tale lands, and of course The Wizard of Oz book
I listened to The Patchwork Girl of Oz as an audio book. The story was very creative with many odd and unique characters. Although named for the patchwork girl, it is really about a munchkin boy who must go on a quest to find items for a magic potion to restore his uncle who was accidentally turned to marble. The Patchwork Girl goes along to help since she inadvertantly caused the uncle's accident. She is funny and says the weirdest things. It was enjoyable yet it had a very "pat" ending. The mu ...more
Julia Brumfield
This book definitely answered a big question for me that was missing in the "Emerald City" when Uncle Henry and Aunt Em were brought to Oz. Yes I have to say I was a Eureka fan while I was worried about the little kitten having been abandoned and forsaken with the rest of the farm but amazingly she returns in this book although not without some serious changes to her make-up (her first appearance she is white, annoying and not rather fondly looked upon while in this book she is mentioned as bei ...more
Lee Födi
This book marks Baum's return to the world of Oz after trying to quit his fabled story land in an attempt to muse upon new subjects—thankfully, it was an unsuccessful attempt, and he came back with delightful vengeance in this remarkable story.

"The Patchwork Girl of Oz" is one of Baum's longer Oz books, and it is also very plot-driven, somewhat of an exception for him. Luckily, this plot—the quest of the Munchkin boy Ojo to save his Uncle from a magic spell—does not come at the expense of Baum'
Erica Tuggle
I'm working my way through the Oz series (in order too), and it's a harder task than I imagined it being. Books 1-5 were easy finds (all in a single volume), but as I try to find the second half of the series (books 6-14) the used bookstores are proving less helpful. On this same note, books 1-5 of Oz were great; image laden, colorful, and cheerful.

In book six, you get the feeling that Baum is getting burnt out on Oz. He can't get away from it and write something "adult," because the letters he
Maria Lucia
I would never claim Mr. Baum could write beautifully, but this I would claim. He created a never-to-be-forgotten world of strange allure that I would go to in an instant. And I think there's something deeper in these tales. Something spiritual.
Victoria (SevenLeagueBooks)
This, to me, was the least enjoyable Oz book so far. I did like the characters; Ojo was a bore at times, but the Patchwork Girl was a lot of fun, and the glass cat was quite neat. The beginning of the story was promising: Ojo was forced to go on a quest to restore his Uncle (Unc Nunkie), but he was rather sidetracked by the already existing characters of Oz. Not that I didn't appreciate the return of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman et. al., but once he met them, Ojo lost whatever charact ...more
While The Patchwork Girl of Oz is an improvement over The Emerald City of Oz (I think the break did him some good) it still misses the high mark set by The Marvelous Land of Oz .

This time the protagonist is a Munchkin boy named Ojo whose uncle is accidentally turned into a marble statue. The Crooked Magician tasks Ojo with collecting a bunch of ingredients he will use to bring Ojo's uncle back to life. (Readers will recall that the Crooked Magician was first mentioned in The Marvelous Land o
Baum was originally going to end the Oz series after the previous book, but somehow this one is even better and stronger than the last. The Patchwork Girl herself is a fantastic character, and all the new Ozites are great. Dorothy joining along at halfway through the book was unnecessary, but she makes sure her presence is worth it. The biggest disappointment here is in the delicious, miniscule hints Baum leaves about the political history of Oz. Unc Nunkie was once the king of the Munchkins, bu ...more
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this one seem to be a bit repeative. the magic powder bring objects to life, the quest, etc.
I recently read Eric Shanower's graphic novel adaptations of the Oz books, which were amazing but unfortunately ended after the 6th book. I absolutely loved the Oz series when I was a kid, but I don't remember a lot of the later books. So, I decided I needed to re-read them starting at the 7th book.

I remembered the Patchwork Girl character, but I didn't remember any of the plot. This was a really cute book, though the entire adventure did seem pretty pointless at the end. It made me smile many t
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, a breath of fresh air!!! Although Baum's explanation for being able to write more Oz books (the invention of the wireless telegraph) is pretty lame, the book itself was spectacular. Maybe the first of all the Oz books to have an actual plot. I wish he would have taken 3 years between all the others, if that's how long it takes him to cook up a real book!! The new characters were fun, and I enjoyed myself reading this book more than possibly any of the other books preceding this on ...more
Patty Presley
In this, the seventh story in the Oz series, we meet a bunch of new characters, Unc Nunkie, Ojo the Unlucky, the glass cat, and Scraps, a girl made from a patchwork quilt.
In the story, Ojo and Unc Nunkie venture from their home to find food and adventure. They visit the Crooked Magician and he's just finished a batch of the powder of life. His wife, created a girl made from a patchwork quilt so she could have some help around the house. As they bring her to life, she knocks over a shelf and a l
Carly Krewitsky
The Patchwork Girl of Oz is about a young Munchkin boy named Ojo the Unlucky. Ojo lives with his uncle in a secluded part of Oz. Ojo and his uncle Unc Nunkie are poor and are running out of food. They go to their nearest neighbor the Crooked Magician (Dr. Pipt) to see if he can help them. The Crooked Magician plans to use the Powder of Life to bring a patchwork girl to life. His wife Margolette wants the patchwork girl to be her servant. Margolette created the patchwork girl from an unused patch ...more
The Patchwork Girl of Oz was a return to the typical Oz formula, compared to the previous book, The Emerald City of Oz. However, I would like to point out that the Patchwork Girl of Oz is not exactly about the Patchwork Girl. Kind of misleading there, title.

Most of the story actually revolves around a Munchkin boy named Ojo the Unlucky.

The Patchwork Girl gets brought to life by the Crooked Magician, who was the one who had given Mombi the Powder of Life in the second Oz book. Right after she's s
Roselyn - bookmarkedpages
The Oz books never cease to amaze me. Baum is constantly introducing new characters and each is as original as the next. I wish I knew how he did it, for original characters are hard to come by. While not the strongest of the Oz books, The Patchwork Girl of Oz is exciting and humorous all the same.

Once again the theme of intelligence is revisited once again. Is knowledge the same as intelligence? Is a simple explanation or a convoluted one the sign of intelligence? None of these questions are e
Feb 16, 2012 Shoshana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for the best books in the series
This is actually a 4.5. I would have maybe given it a five except for I was so mad that once again Glinda came in and fixed everything. Glinda often comes in and fixes everything at the end of these books, rendering the entire previous quest moot and tying everything off with a wave of her hand. I mean, come on. Why don't they just ask her BEFORE they go on giant quests? Oh, because then there wouldn't be a book. But so then why can't Baum let them figure out how to get out of their problems on ...more
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Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a pleth
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